Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Autumn Edition 2016 wrapped up very recently with participants praising the quality and internationality of the fair’s 22nd edition. After years of consecutive growth in the number of exhibitors, the 2016 show concluded similar in size to last year. The 4,553 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions (2015: 4,642, 29 countries & regions) at this year’s fair attracted over 73,000 buyers from 90 countries and regions (2015: 66,256, 97 countries and regions), a roughly 10 per cent increase and a number which includes those who registered for the concurrent Yarn Expo Autumn, PH Value and CHIC fairs, and attended Intertextile Shanghai as well. The gross area of the fair grew slightly to 260,000 sqm (2015: 228,000).
“For the last few years, even though Intertextile Shanghai has continued to grow in size, our priority has been to focus on the quality of exhibitors and buyers that participate here to ensure it remains the global industry’s leading business event every March and October,” Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd said at the conclusion of the show. “While we are aware that the current economic conditions are creating challenges in some sectors of the industry, we are confident that with the unrivalled range, internationality and quality of exhibitors here, this fair is increasingly viewed as the leading event where quality trade buyers come to conduct business, regardless of the prevailing economic conditions.”
While exhibitors appreciated the diversity and quality of buyers to the fair, conversely these same buyers valued Intertextile Shanghai for the ability to find quality exhibitors covering the entire supply chain under one roof. “Every time we come to this fair we find old suppliers we’ve had success with, and new vendors as well. The quality of these suppliers is what brings us back again and again,” Mr Dustin Rhodes from Pro Look Sports, USA commented.